Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

WINCHESTER HAPPENINGS

The next meeting of the Bicentennial Committee will be tomorrow, Aug. 13th at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. There is still time for you to get involved in this year’s celebration.

The “All About Caramel Culinary” contest will be on Saturday, Aug. 29. The contest entry deadline is 11 a.m. and items need to be brought to the Township Building. There are five categories: Cakes, Candy, Pies, Cookies and Bars, and Miscellaneous. Each entry will be judged and first, second and third place winners will be announced shortly after the judging. All entries will be sold at the auction on Saturday evening at 6 pm. The first, second and third place winners will receive a percentage of the sale of their item. All other entries will be sold and the entire amount of the sale will be donated to the Caramel Festival Committee.

The Queen Contest will be Friday, Aug. 28 at 6:45 p.m. For more information call Lisa Davis at 937-205-1507. The Little Miss and Mr. Winchester contest will be on Saturday, Aug. 29, with registration at 9:30 a.m. For more information call Lisa Tumbleson at 937-695-8036. The Baby Show will also be on Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. For more information call Rebecca Chandler at 937-779-9005.

A Car and Motorcycle Cruise-In will be held on Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at the W3CU Parking Lot (site of the old school). For more information call Rodney Tumbleson at 937-695-8036 or Mike Hughes at 937-217-0755.

Winchester will be hosting a community-wide yard sale on Friday and Saturday the weekend of the festival. We are hoping to have lots of participants.

The Winchester United Methodist Church will be having a Homecoming service at morning worship, Aug. 30 at 10:30 a.m. An invitation is extended to everyone, but especially to those who may have attended the church at any time. If you are unable to attend, please send a note with anything you remember about the church, ministers, MYF, special services, etc. Notes can be sent to 60 N. Hartford Ave., Winchester, Ohio 45697.

We have more Bicentennial tee shirts and if you would like to purchase one let us know. They are $15 each.

Winchester’s Past (Florence Bryson): The coming of the Railroad in 1871 and the opening of the bank in 1884 brought change to Winchester. H.H. Mechlin brought his lumber and sawmill business from Pike County to Winchester in 1894. He employed about 50 men and 25 teams. A Business Men’s Association was formed in 1899. Honorable L. J. Fenton was the President. The beneficial effect of the organization was three factories. Mr. Mechlin built the Winchester Bent Wood Works in 1900 which employed 25 men. Jacob Eckman moved his Favorite Shoe Company from Cincinnati to the building that was formerly Thomson’s Store. The Winchester Canning Company was organized by selling stock and Mr. A. S. Doak was President. Another business formed in 1898 is still in business today, 117 years later.

Don’t forget The Winchester Hydromobile Factory owned by J.H. Smith. He built and designed cars that resembled a carriage. The first one didn’t run but he sold the next one for $600 to a man who delivered the mail from Ripley to West Union. The first telephone came in 1901 and electric street lights in 1910.

Remember that I depend on information from others which is due by Sunday evening and can be sent by calling 937-695-9977 (leave a message) or by email @ japorter45697@sbcglobal.net.

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Many Bicentennial events are being planned

By Joyce Porter and Florence Bryson

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